Homeland: Season 3 (2013)

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Critic Consensus: As the stakes get higher, Homeland remains a roller coaster ride of tension, and Claire Danes is riveting in one of the best written thrillers on television.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2013
2
Air date: Oct 6, 2013
3
Air date: Oct 13, 2013
4
Air date: Oct 20, 2013
5
Air date: Oct 27, 2013
6
Air date: Nov 3, 2013
7
Air date: Nov 10, 2013
8
Air date: Nov 17, 2013
9
Air date: Nov 24, 2013
10
Air date: Dec 1, 2013
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Following the deadly Langley bombing that is blamed on disgraced congressman Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) and having helped him escape the U.S., Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is desperate to solve the case and clear Brody's name as the third series of the conspiracy thriller begins. But Carrie's efforts are threatened when she becomes the focus of a hostile Senate investigation led by Sen. Andrew Lockhart (Tracy Letts) who believes the CIA is covering up the truth about the attack. Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), now CIA chief, also feels the heat of the probe and it begins to undermine his efforts to revive the Agency. Trouble also brews in the Brody household when Dana (Morgan Saylor) starts exhibiting destructive behavior and runs away from home. As for Brody, who has a $10 million bounty on his head, he begins to recuperate from a gunshot wound in Venezuela where he is held captive by armed gunmen in a ramshackle Caracas building called the Tower of David. With no passport, no money and no chance of escape, Brody slowly begins to realise that he may have to live out the rest of his days in this slum dwelling where Carrie has arranged for him to at least be safe.

Cast

Claire Danes
as Carrie Mathison
Damian Lewis
as Nicholas Brody
Mandy Patinkin
as Saul Berenson
Morena Baccarin
as Jessica Brody
David Harewood
as David Estes
Diego Klattenhoff
as Capt. Mike Faber
Morgan Saylor
as Dana Brody
Jackson Pace
as Chris Brody
Tracy Letts
as Sen. Andrew Lockhart
Rupert Friend
as Peter Quinn
Clark Johnson
as Detective Johnson
William Sadler
as Mike Higgins
Vincent Irizarry
as Captain Lonza
Martin Donovan
as Leland Bennett
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Critic Reviews for Homeland Season 3

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (18)

It will be good when we get Carrie and Brody back in the lineup. Till then, the game is going just fine.

Sep 27, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

I hope the rest of the season lives up to the promise of these episodes, but watching Homeland has made me paranoid.

Sep 26, 2013 | Full Review…
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Strong start. (Here's hoping it stays that way.)

Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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The very best TV is almost never about the destination. It's about appreciating the perilous journey taken to get there. And that's something worth remembering as Homeland's writers once again attempt to tiptoe across a crater they themselves created.

Oct 14, 2013 | Full Review…

At the moment it's hard to care.

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

It seems that one needs to enter this third season of Showtime's Homeland fully aware that the series has long since deviated from its (relatively) realistic approach in Season 1.

Oct 1, 2013 | Rating: 8.6/10 | Full Review…

The first episode of season three lags in some areas, but it manages to cram a whole lot of story, duplicity, and action (mostly offscreen) into a single hour of television, which is good enough for me.

Sep 30, 2013 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

The return of Homeland that reminded me of the deeper ways in which these fictional series are raising issues and asking questions about Washington that even journalism isn't.

Sep 30, 2013 | Full Review…

Events are conspiring against 'Homeland'.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's hard to say yet whether it's back on track. But this opener is certainly intriguing. It builds not just in pace but in intensity and excitement too. Hell, I'm in.

Oct 7, 2013 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Homeland: Season 3

½

BrendanN

Super Reviewer

½

Intelligent, thrilling, and daring, the third season of Homeland defies television convention and does not disappoint. New story-lines are introduced, old ones are handled with care, and chances are taken. I felt the writing for this season matured over the second season, which had some weak elements. This season felt focused, atmospheric, and relentlessly entertaining. It's a show that always has a keen eye on the future, and refuses to sacrifice its nuanced take on the spy genre to create a viewing experience seldom rivaled.

JeffreyM

Super Reviewer

½

JeffL

Super Reviewer

This was a very aimless season at first, that did an awful mistake of trying to cheat the audience with a twist. The twist is good but the execution is insulting. The moment a movie or series makes fake scenes in a storyline, that don't make sense on the said series world but only exist to fool us is a big no no. It all felt forced, unnecessary and predictable all the same. Plus, there's a parallel series running here too: The Brody's. Which is exasperatingly poor and pointless in the end. I get you're trying to show us the aftermath of what father Brody did but this is was just weak storytelling at best. The sendoff is not that satisfying and we have very little father Brody at first to make us truly care. Things pick up towards the end with an impossible mission at hand that felt tense, scary and downright entertaining until that shocking ending. Well played, even if I thought the said 'shock' could've been handled a bit better.

Francisco G

Super Reviewer

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